Archive for February, 2013

I realized when reading the following two questions in our Gospel Project lesson today that they lend well to a positive feedback loop in our lives:

“What role does hope play in our seeking to be faithful to God’s commands?

In what ways can we deepen ‘the roots’ of our hope in God’s promises?”  (Winter 2012-13, p.111)


When hope is applied to our lives through the working of God’s Word we are enabled to keep His commands. The Holy Spirit is always enabling and He uses the truth. Keeping His commands will result in confidence and hope that God is active in our lives and the promises apply to us as we review God’s Word. It is a positive feedback loop in that each one increases the other and is life giving.






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Wisdom Tree3Godly wisdom is rooted in the fear of God and bears foliage and fruit of godly living, contentment, and witness. Following are supporting Scriptures for the tree at the right:
0. James 1:5
1. Proverbs 1:7, Job 28:28, Matthew 10:28
2. Micah 6:9, Psalm 2:10-11
3. Job 12:12, Proverbs 3:1-2, 16:22
4. Song of Solomon 6:3, Proverbs 5:18
5. Job1:20-21, Proverbs 3:5-6
6. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Psalm 73:17
7. I Corinthians 1:24,30, Ephesians 1:15-19
The following table contrasts the way of worldly foolishness
and the way of godly wisdom. Our lives as Christians should
exhibit God’s goodness by our wisdom gained from Him:

Contrast of

Worldly Foolishness

Godly Wisdom


Selfish, destructive

Skill for living successfully


Going your own way

Obey and seek God


Be true to yourself

Renounce sin and self


Passion to please yourself

Passion for God and others


Unrestrained passion

Directed, exclusive passion


Blind optimism or pessimism

Sin is real; God is in control


Survival, self-gratification

Fear God; obey His commands


Can’t find it Eccl. 3:11

Trust in Christ->hope   &evangelism

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Overflows from the Heart

"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart…" Matthew 15:18


Pointing to the One who made, saved, and sustains